Bumble Bars are organic, gluten-free, and vegan, as well as ethically sourced. Elizabeth Ward, the creator of Bumble Bars, gained her inspiration for these healthy snacks while hiking. Noticing that people were out enjoying nature while simultaneously eating products that potentially harmed the planet seemed wrong. So she decided to make her own hiking snack.
Ward’s sesame seed-based bars come in 12 flavors, including Original, Chocolate Crisp, Chai with Almonds, and Awesome Apricot. Regardless of your feelings about sesame seeds, the bars are tasty. The seeds hold the ingredients together without being overly seedy and dry and each flavor is distinct, some of the favorites being Lushus Lemon and Cherry Chocolate.
Original Bumble Bar
Bar: 45g (1.6oz)
Total Carbohydrate: 20g; Sugars: 11g
Other: 45% DV (Daily Value) of copper; 25% DV of calcium, magnesium; 20% DV of iron, phosphorous; 15% DV of E, zinc; 10% DV of B6, thiamin
MSRP: $26.25 (15 bars)
Forze GPS Bars
As part of its “first weight management tool designed specifically
for athletes,” Forze GPS has introduced a new product line of bars and shakes to help
active people with appetite control between meals. This seems timely with the
recent media chatter about Americans using exercise as an excuse to
overeat. Forze emphasizes that a leaner body performs better and that
eating too many calories hinders this.
The GPS stands for gastric peptide stimulators, nutrients that affect appetite control. The blend of calcium, protein,
and natural fats in these bars is said to “activate the body’s natural
appetite control signal,” and thus leave you feeling fuller and more
satisfied for longer.
Regardless of any appetite controlling benefits,
the Forze Bars, available in Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cranberry Nut, taste better than many of the other granola-inspired
bars on the market. Coupled with one of their flavorsome shakes (which
are more like drinks than shakes), you’ve got a satisfying snack that
you can bring with you for a long day out and about.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Forze Bar
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Other: 40% DV of calcium, 10% DV of A, E, C, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin
MSRP: $19.90 (10 bars)
Hammer has one of the most wholesome bars on the market with organic
ingredients and no refined sugars. They have even gone as far as
gaining USDA organic, non-dairy kosher, and vegan (Almond Raisin
flavor) certifications. Hammer Bars are available in Cashew Coconut Chocolate
Chip, Almond Raisin, and Chocolate Chip. The company’s extensive
marketing literature is quite convincing in justifying why they use the
ingredients they use. Everything has a purpose. The Hammer Bar is handy
for before and after activity. It can also be eaten during lower
Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Hammer Bar
Bar: 50g (1.76oz)
Total Carbohydrate: 27g
MSRP: $2.49 (single bar); $27 (12 bars)
KIND PLUS Bars
KIND has flown below the radar on the endurance and outdoor sports scene, but is recognizable to loyal Starbucks clientele. KIND makes the bars with all the fruit and nuts displayed by cash registers in
coffee shops across the country. The company’s newest creations,
KIND PLUS Bars, are packed with even more calcium and antioxidants than
the original bars, making them a good option whether you are en route
to the trail or in need of a pick-me-up mid-hike. These bars aren’t
your typical energy bar mystery mash-up. Whole chunks of fruit and nuts
make you feel like you are eating real food. Of six flavors, Mango
Macadamia has received the greatest acclaim.
Cranberry & Almond KIND PLUS Bar
Total Carbohydrate: 19g; Sugars: 13g
Other: 50% DV of A, C, E; 120mg of potassium
Odwalla Mocha-walla Bar
If you crave that coffee taste, but wouldn’t think of bringing it
out on the trails with you, Odwalla’s new Mocha-walla Bar will do the
trick. This bar is as tasty as a Starbucks’ Frappuccino and is just
slightly drier than a Clif Bar. The main selling point, besides the
flavor, are all the fruit, grains, and fiber packed in. This isn’t a
bar that will leave you hungry twenty minutes later.
Bar: 56g (2oz)
Total Carbohydrate: 38g; Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 15g
Other: 50% DV of E, folate; 25% DV of calcium; 10% DV of A, C, iron,
These snack-sized bars are soft, chewy, and much stickier than many
of the other bars on the market. These little vegan bars definitely
live up to their flavor labels as they are intensely fruity-tasting, coming in blueberry, cran-raspberry, peach, and strawberry flavors. At
160 calories, fruition bars have less than half the calories of the heftier original
PROBARs, which weigh in at 350 to 380 calories per 3-ounce bar.
The fruition ingredient list includes two servings of real fruit,
organic rolled oats, and antioxidant-rich white and black chia seeds.
That’s pretty good for a little 1.7-ounce bar.
Bar: 48g (1.7oz)
Total Carbohydrate: 34g; Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 22g
MSRP: $2.49 (single bar), $27.48 (12 bars)